Students Walked Out for Gun Control. Here's How Congress Responded

Lloyd Doyle
March 15, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of school safety measures on Wednesday - the same day as when students were walking out of classes all around the country to express support for the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting and to call for more to be done to keep schools safe.

The development and operation of school threat assessment and intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel, and specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises. Instead, it attempts to prevent school violence by providing funding for things like creating an anonymous reporting system, mental health crisis training, and deterrents, like metal detectors.

No parallel measure was pending in the Senate, where a somewhat more ambitious bill was being debated, but prospects for meaningful gun control reforms in Congress remained remote in the face of stiff resistance from gun industry lobbyists.

Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of last month's shooting.

In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Florida shooting and failures by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement to act on warning signs displayed by the gunman before the attack. The measure would provide $50 million a year for a new federal grant program to train students, teachers and law enforcement on how to spot and report signs of gun violence. She said that, "After today and after the next protest Congress will see how many people feel strongly about this so they will have to make a change".

"All across the country people are sick and exhausted of gun violence, and the time is now for all of us together to stand up to the NRA and pass common-sense gun legislation", Sanders said. The bill will provide grants to states, incentivizing them to enact these measures. Five Democrats and five Republicans voted against the measure.

President Donald Trump reiterated his support last weekend for a bill by Sen. These are provisions that have overwhelming bipartisan support both here in Congress and across the country. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said more and more families are being victimized by mass shootings since a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons she authored expired in 2004. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Democratic Sen.

A similar "Fix NICS" proposal awaits consideration in the Senate, but it is being held up by Republicans opposed to potential curbs on due process rights and Democrats pushing for a broader debate on gun control.

It was not yet clear when the Senate would take up the House bill, which would not become law without Senate approval. "When someone is determined that they're going to commit an act of violence, it could be in a school, it could be in a mall, it could be in a movie theater, it could be in an airport, it could be at a stadium".

The Senate hearing focused on the government's response to the shooting and legislative proposals to improve school safety as students from almost 3,000 schools staged National School Walkout events to urge lawmakers to do more to address gun violence.

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